5/28/2020 Update

Greetings from MHC,

Weeks 1 and 2 of MN Hockey Camps from June 21 to July 4th has been cancelled. We attempted to shift to a day camp option during this time period that many of you showed interest; unfortunately, we are not able to proceed with the day camp option for weeks 1 and 2.  The new camp start date is July 5th. 

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we are attempting to provide a camp experience for kids despite the circumstances. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. 


Any new updates will be provided at least 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start date of each camp week. 

Thank you again for your continued support of MN Hockey Camps during this unprecedented time!

Stay safe!


MN Hockey Camps 







MN Hockey Camps UPDATE


Hello Campers and Parents!


MHC will be making several phones calls to parents today letting you know that we have canceled the overnight camps for Weeks 1 & 2 (June 21-27 & June 28-July 4).  Yesterday we received more information from the Governor of MN that did not work in our favor.  So we have restructured what we will be offering for the first two weeks and will wait to hear what we can do in the future weeks. 


MHC will be offering a day camp training option in place of our overnight camps. This camp is for hockey players of all ages and groups will be formed by age and ability once registration is complete. We will have 10 groups of 10 skaters or less. There will be half ice with two groups and full ice practices with only one group. 

This Sunday - Friday day camp offers 6 days of on-ice and off-ice training. Take advantage of this weeklong private training environment, daily video analysis, on & off ice testing with skating and skill development.  This camp will be different from what we have offered in the past.  This camp will offer more one-on-one training with your camper getting a lot of individual skill development.

MHC will provide a safe and responsible area for your camper to train. We will send out our guidelines and protocol closer to camp time. Please call our office if you have any questions.




Each camper will be in charge of their own transportation, lodging and meals. Minnewawa Lodge (MHC Campus) will have some lodging and meal options available to families wanting to stay in the area. There are also several lodging options in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Please see mnhockeycamps.com and click on the lodging tab for more information.  


A sample schedule will look like this:


9:00-10:45   AM      ICE & VIDEO or TESTING (Essentia Health Sports Center, Brainerd, MN)


12:30-1:00   PM      WEIGHT TRAINING (outside on dry land area at MHC)

1:00-2:00     PM      DRY LAND and STRETCHING (outside for now, may be able to move inside at time                                  of camp)



We are thankful for your patience during these unusual times. Campers that are not able to attend the day camp option will be refunded in full or money can be left on account to be used for next year.  We are trying our best to adjust to the guidelines that are being offered and figure out how we can survive and still offer what we consider a MHC quality product.   You will be hearing from us today and through the weekend to discuss your options.


Thank you again!

See you at the rink!


Dean and Carrie Grillo

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Nestled on Clark Lake in the heart of Minnesota vacationland, Minnesota Hockey Camps welcomes home hundreds of campers every summer. From young, eager skaters learning the basics of passing the puck, to established NHL all-stars training in the off-season—the camp swells with passion. Longtime NHL scout & executive Chuck ‘Gringo’ Grillo & Miracle-on-ice coach Herb Brooks had the idea to start the camp back in 1976 with a simple purpose in mind: kids have to prepare themselves for the future. Whether or not that’s a future in hockey, Minnesota Hockey Camps has a way of helping kids discover a newfound level of boldness and courage. There is an empowering culture here as soon as you walk on the grounds.


MN Hockey Camps has witnessed more than 500 players move on to the NHL. The walls at the camp are filled with photographs of success stories in hockey and in life. From TJ Oshie to Scott Hartnell, to an Air Force One pilot to doctors and lawyers—the Nisswa, Minn., camp has been an important step for many during their lifetime.

Dean and Carrie Grillo, Owners

Dean is a former player in the San Jose Sharks system. He is currently working as a player agent with O2K Worldwide Management.

E-Mail: dino@mnhockeycamps.com

Dean and Carrie have a daughter named Piper (10). She enjoys being a part of the camps during the summer and is an avid downhill skier.


What camp would be complete without a mascot? Gigi is our lovable camp dog and is quickly making a reputation for herself.

Dan Germundson, Hockey Director

Dan oversees hockey operations and helps with administrative duties.  Dan is a former high school educator, hockey coach and MN Hockey Camps coach of 25 years.  He has experience coaching all age levels and a background in Exercise Science. Dan has a passion for teaching and developing hockey players.

Email: dan@mnhockeycamps.com


Dan and his wife Stacy live in the Nisswa area and have two children, Gaje (12), and Ellen (10).


Mailing Address (add campers name)
MN Hockey Camps 
24621 South Clark Lake Road
Nisswa, MN  56468

(218) 963-2444  office

For emergencies during camp please call

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